At War on the Gothic Line
Fighting in Italy, 1944-45Book - 2016
As the Allies stormed across Normandy in the late summer of 1944, another strategically vital yet unsung campaign was being fought across the mountainous terrain of northern Italy. A vast international army of 12 different nationalities, spearheaded by 100,000 Americans, had to break through the Gothic Line, a rugged barrier of German defensive positions that stretched from the Adriatic coast to the Mediterranean.In this fast-paced narrative of a year at war, veteran foreign correspondent and historian Christian Jennings provides an unprecedented look inside these crucial, bloody battles, through the eyes of thirteen men and women from seven different countries.A young Japanese-American lieutenant wins the Congressional Medal of Honor storming German machine-gun positions, a racially-segregated African American unit goes head-to-head with dug-in Germans, while an American Major on a secret mission is murdered by his own men for the thousands of dollars in gold he is carrying. A unit lead by a one-armed Waffen-SS Major commits some of the largest war-crimes in Europe, while British, Canadian, Polish and Indian soldiers storm mountain redoubts and defend towns alongside Italian partisans. This is the story of the brutal fighting on the Gothic Line, history and war bought vividly to life in a can't miss book for the enlightened American patriot.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: 940.542 JENNINGS
Characteristics: xxv, 357 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Fighting in Italy, 1944-45